Marin County: all in a days work – favorites places

Today was a Day of Errands in San Rafael for a Marin Client

First stop: Car Needed Smog Check/Certificate:                                                             To San Rafael Smog on Lisbon Street – One of my favorite spots – clean, efficient, professional and bring a coupon (or mention one) for discount; both the owner and the assistant are cordial and a delight to do business with.

Next to the impeccable, Tuesday Morning Store in the Trader Joe’s (Montecito) shopping center. This store has the most attractive merchandise displays I have seen in along time.  My friends call it the Nordstrom of Tuesday Mornings. This store has well-priced linens, kitchen gadgets, pet trinkets, beautiful glasses and plates, jewelry and sunglasses. And the list goes on…she needed paper hand towels for the guest bathroom. Great display to choose from.

T.J. Maxx -588 Francisco Blvd W, San Rafael,  My client had a short list of things she needed from T.J. Maxx. They have a great selection of frying pans and saute pans; she loves coral colored bath towels and they happen to have a new shipment. There were a few other odds and ends.

The Dollar Store – there isn’t a dollar store around from miles except for this little store in San Rafael. Client needed a half-dozen pair of Readers, a dozen birthday gift bags, Windex, Ajax and a whisk.

Finally, there were some returns to Corte Madera Macy’s and the Apple Store.

Everything got checked off the List~

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

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Stop those Scam calls: Download Mr Number

Tired of all the scam, Robo, bothersome phone calls?

Download this Free App to Screen your calls…Mr.Number

CNET Thinks Mr Number is a Winner. WikiHow  Will teach you how to use Mr Number

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Improved Blocking for “neighbor scam” calls that look similar to your number
– Improved and more accurate phone number lookups
– Revamped widget and share extension for quick and easy lookups
– More reliable daily push notifications to keep your spam protection up to date

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Top 10 Most Stressful Life Events? Kerry On

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The Top 10 Most Stressful Events in a Lifetime:

 1. Death / Illness
2. Debt
3. Divorce
4. Dismissal from Job
5. Relationship Breakup
6. Holidays
7. Moving – selling a house/ buying a house
8. Moving – Finding a new place to live: packing, planning, plotting, locating a reputable mover, getting three bids from reputable movers, arranging for cars to be moved cross-country, packing more, attending going away parties, downsizing, purging, donating, gifting, organizing, distributing, creating EBAY and Craigslist ads for multiple treasures and selling multiple treasures, delivering additional items to consignment store, more donations, doing one last garage sale, getting more boxes, packing, scheduling…
9. Moving Day
10. Un-packing Week

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New Year’s Resolution: Find a Personal Assistant – Kerry On

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Give the Gift of Time with Kerry On -Your Personal Assistant

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The Perfect Gift:  Give the Gift of Time


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Rusty G. gave his best friend “Me” as a Housewarming Present.
Well, he actually he gave her three hours of my time/talent
for packing, downsizing, donating  and preparing before the movers were to arrive.

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Moving Experiences?

Janet T. was moving from a huge loft South of Market to a much smaller space in Laurel Village.
In preparation to sell her condo she needed to get things wrapped, packed, labeled, and staged and ready to put on the market.
In tandem, we packed up three vast closets and the pantry which was filled with copious cooking utensils – it was like a mini Williams-Sonoma store.

Janet T promptly saw the advantage of teamwork and my organizing skills and signed up for an additional five hours.

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Kerry On: I’ve shopped, shipped, wrapped, recycled, delivered, deciphered, trained…

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2017 My Top 5 “Best Customer Service” Kerry On

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 If you are like me, Customer Service is of the utmost importance.

This month, I worked with Five Super/Stellar Suppliers who have very high standards and went beyond the call of duty. I am a fan.

My  Top Five Favorite Suppliers:

1.)  1-800-Got- Junk One of my favorite phone calls to make for a client. Whether the client is moving from their home of 50 years or 5 years- there is generally a lot of rubbish, litter, debris and junk to deal with. The 1-8oo-Got Junk Phone Team is so well-trained, patient and results oriented –  it is a pleasure to speak with them. There are no “Dumb or Inane Questions.” What there is are solutions and a team to come pick up said debris and whisk it way. Gold Stars for Customer Service.

2.)   Aby’s Upholstery – Two different San Jose clients needed furniture re-upholstered. I looked at the usual suspects and was unimpressed.  Then, I  found Aby’s Upholstery. An owner/operator, Santa Clara University grad, she was smart, polite and professional on the phone. She has a ton of Five-Star Yelp reviews – for very good reason.

  • We met with her, selected the fabric and were “wowed” by her insights and ideas. Her team is quick, gracious and helpful.  Both clients were ‘over the moon’ impressed.  “A locally owned retailer providing residential, commercial & automotive upholstery & repair services”  1610 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 289-88872
  • drawers200601093.) Fresh Air Janitorial – Serving San Francisco Bay Area -Alicia and her team cleaned a vast home which was recently sold. My clients wanted their home to be impeccable for the new owners. As a result of Fresh Air Janitorial – the house sparkles! I have never seen such attention to detail. They are high level cleaning professionals. As a rule, I seek out top of the line suppliers for my clients. Alicia is on my Top 5 List. Great rates. (650) 355-5158
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  • 4.)  Mulugani Tires in Mill Valley Clients have me take cars in for service / new tires and I never hesitate to suggest Mulugani Tires in Marin. A family-owned business and has been around for 68 years; the staff is polite, calm, friendly and professional. It is the polar opposite ever other tire center I have ever visited. Promotions and discounts and superb service.
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  • 5.)    Auto 280 – 1315 Ocean Ave, San Francisco (415) 333-8622: VolVos Only-  I have been a huge fan of Gary and Auto 280 for decades. He is very smart, cordial, and Cost Effective. He has been in business for over 30 years and is the best Volvo Specialist there is. He is also a great guy.lifesaver-933560__

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

Douglas Adams

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Kerry On! Happy Holidays one and all

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Kerry On: San Francisco, Marin County and San Jose

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Happy Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks

“I am grateful for what I am and have.

My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

Henry David Thoreau

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Got Clutter and Piles of Stuff of Orwellian proportions?

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If you are besieged by cluttered cupboards, mountains of magazines, drawers stuffed with “stuff” you don’t know what to do with – contact me.

Kerry On – we can take a look at your  “To Do List” and “Challenges” and come up with a comfortable and efficient way to make your home less 1984  and more comfortable.

All it takes is time and talent. I have both! Please contact me

kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “1984.”

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De Cluttering Options 101



Cleaning Up Your Act

Tried and True? De Cluttering Styles Vary

One man’s treasure…

Mary lives in a beautiful, older home in Burlingame with no closets. She has three tiny, slivers, posing as closets. She’s very cleverly created a walk-in closet the garage- which is, now, too far and too many stairs from her bedroom. Every year, we work to downsize clothes, shoes, and accessories. She is a Buckeye Girl and likes the Ohio Rule form of de-cluttering.

The OHIO Rule “Only Handle It Once”

A Classic De-cluttering Technique, good for halting the flow of things coming into your home: junk mail, trinkets, used Amazon boxes, bags, magazines… the OHIO mantra helps sort out challenges – deciding if you’ll keep, sell, donate, or toss. 

Tiny Problems

We all know – in our hearts of hearts- you shouldn’t buy or keep more miscellanea than your current home will accommodate. This means putting the brakes on shopping when your closets and shelves are packed to the max. Smart shoppers in small spaces often donate one item if they buy one new item.

The One-Year Query

If you haven’t worn that shirt, skirt, sweater, Go-Go Boots or Halloween costume in over a year: It is time to toss, donate, purge… Of course, we all hold on to various items for sentimental reasons. Sure, but within reason. It’s one thing to keep a dozen of your kid’s favorite books – but you’re wasting space keeping bags and old magazines and books in the basement.

 

“Getting things straight in your head is a major achievement because there’s so much clutter out there. You’ve got to push aside the static to really hear the music.”

Steve Wynn

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